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A-C Privilege Not Extended to Third Parties

It’s generally known that communications between attorney and client are privileged absent waiver.

ABA Gets Lawyers Heightened Protections for Device Searches at International Borders

U.S. Customs searches have become increasingly invasive over the years. Pursuant to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operates under the “broad search exception”, which allows searches and seizures at international borders or an equivalent (e.g. international airports) without probable cause or a warrant. CBP’s searches are deemed “reasonable” per se, and thus not a Fourth Amendment violation, which protects against “unreasonable searches and seizures”. The broad power of the CBP, of course, stems from concern for national security.

Perusing Privileged Papers Prohibited

What to do? When reviewing discovery provided by your adversary you stumble upon a privileged document. It happens…sometimes privileged materials fall through the cracks and into the hands of opposing counsel. Do you read it, burn it, return it? According to a recent New Jersey decision, reading an inadvertently produced privileged document may be grounds for disqualification.

Are Communications with Experts Privileged? Maybe

In general, the attorney-client privilege protects confidential communications between an attorney and her client when made for the purpose of obtaining or providing legal advice.

Unintended Waiver: the “At-Issue” Exception to the AC Privilege

The attorney-client privilege, the oldest of the common law evidentiary privileges, seeks to encourage thorough and truthful communication between attorney and client. Attorneys know, however, that the privilege is not absolute. One such exception is known as the “at issue” exception, a form of implied waiver of the attorney-client and work product privileges. This form of waiver is unique because it is one which the parties, by commencing litigation that may implicate legal advice, bring on themselves. Let’s take a closer look at this often misunderstood exception to the rule.
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